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Snowshoe Rentals

December 17, 2016 - March 31, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. every day
North Chagrin Reservation
Have you wanted to try using snowshoes but didn’t know where to rent them? North Chagrin Nature Center rents snowshoes in adult and children sizes....
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Hand Feed a Chickadee

January 2 - February 26
10:00 a.m. - noon on Saturday and Sunday
Brecksville Reservation
Looking for something to do with your family and friends? Stop by to hand feed the chickadees. We'll supply the black oil sunflower seeds and instr...
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Hunt of the Month: Hiking Boots

February 1 - 28
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday thru Saturday, Noon - 5 p.m. Sunday every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
We have hidden 20 hiking boots around CanalWay Center. Stop by to find the boots inside then bundle up and go outside to hike around in the brisk w...
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Gallery Wall: History of Rocky River Reservation

February 1 - 28
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily every day
Gallery Wall History of Rocky River Reservation Enjoy historical photos and drawings depicting the history of Cleveland Metroparks and Rocky River ...
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Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association: Beginning Beekeeping Class

February 1 - 22
7 - 9 p.m. on Wednesday
Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association Beginning Beekeeping Class Learn how easy and rewarding it is to become a beekeeper during a series of 4 c...
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American Red Cross Lifeguard Course

February 7 - March 9 at 6 - 9 p.m.
Learn the skills and gain the certification necessary to become an American Red Cross Lifeguard.  Upon successful completion of this course, s...
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Hump Day Hike

February 22 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Tired of being indoors? Come explore the field and forest in search of nature’s beauty. See majestic riverside cliffs, hear a nuthatch calling in t...
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Cross-Country Ski Allegany State Park Trip

February 22 at Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting February 22, 6 - 9 p.m. Actual Trip March 3-5 (all day)
Bedford Reservation
PHONE REGISTRATION ONLY starting December 15: 216-341-1704 Join us on a weekend away where days are spent exploring Art Roscoe’s 20 miles of g...
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Preschool: Backyard Birds

February 23 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bring your preschooler to spend some time learning about the birds that visit our feeders. We’ll discuss or backyard birds and make a bird feeder t...
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Kayaking 2: Supplemental Skills

February 23 at 6 - 9 p.m.
Start where you left off in Kayaking 1. We taught you how to do a wet exit, but we left you wondering how to get back in your kayak. Learn deep wat...
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For Adults Only: Mammals Parts 1, 2 & 3

February 23 at Thr & Fri: 7-9 p.m. and Sat 10-12:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
February 23 For Adults Only: Mammals I The smartest, the largest, and arguably the most charismatic animals on earth are mammals.   Give yours...
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Discovering Nature: Evergreens

February 24 at 10 - 10:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Discovering Nature: Evergreens Join Naturalist Bev Walborn on an outdoor adventure just for preschoolers. We will explore the winter trails looking...
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Fireside Concert Series: Katelyn and Jessica Lyons

February 24 at 7 - 8:15 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Katelyn and Jessica Lyons are well respected and acclaimed violinists whose music will fill the rafters and hearts of all who come to this concert....
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Family Friday Night: Animal Tracks

February 24 at 7 - 8 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Learn all about footprints and other signs of wild animals! We’ll make sets of our own tracks and become wildlife detectives as we try to understan...
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Friday Nights with Nature: Weekend Wanderlust

February 24 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Friday Nights with Nature: Weekend Wanderlust Gabe Leidy amazes with spectacular destinations reached just a few hours drive from home, including O...
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Extreme Hiking - PROGRAM UPDATE: MEET AT BRECKSVILLE NATURE CENTER

February 25 at 9 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Get out of the house and into the woods! This extreme hike is one of the shorter ones, but the scenery is spectacular. Final distance will depend u...
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Nature Writing

February 25 at 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join writers Jenny Clark and Linda Tuthill as they prompt us to express our creative side through the wonders of natural history. Take a naturalist...
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Hikathon Mini

February 25 at 10 - 12:30 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Hikathon Mini Join Naturalist Marty Calabrese for a deep-woods hike. The Red Loop offers slopes and ravines with dramatic stream views through a qu...
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Birds and Coffee

February 25 at 10 – 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Relax with a hot cup of coffee as we watch chickadees, nuthatches and other winter birds through one-way glass windows. Brush up on your winter bir...
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Nature Art: Natural Ice Candle Making

February 25 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Nature Art Natural Ice Candle Making Ever seen an ice candle before? Naturalist Beth Whiteley will teach you the process of making these beautiful ...
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Bedford Winter Walk

February 25 at 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Bedford Reservation
Join a naturalist as we explore a unique and less traveled trail. This narrow path opens to reveal one of Bedford Reservation’s most striking water...
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Centennial Conversations: Zoo

February 25 at 11 a.m. - Noon
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo was born as one man’s personal animal collection and has grown to become an internationally influential animal conservatio...
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Bone Heads for Boneheads

February 25 at 1-2pm
West Creek Reservation
What can a skull and other bones tell you about an animal? Don’t be a bonehead, come to learn how skulls can help with wildlife ID with Naturalist ...
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Live Animal Lessons

February 25 at 1 - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Foster Brown as he shares the natural history of different live animals every month. You will gain respect and knowledge of native ...
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White Pine Hike

February 25 at 2 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Take a stroll through an ancient grove of Eastern White Pines and imagine what Ohio was like hundreds of years ago. This remnant stand of pines is ...
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February Food Film: Bees - Tales from the Hive

February 25 at 3 - 4:15 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
You don’t want to miss this visual study of a year in the life of a honeybee hive! Macro lenses capture breathtaking images of this stunning drama....
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Fossil Freeway

February 25 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Fossil Freeway What does I-71 have to do with vertebrate paleontology? Come learn how the mid-century highway boom unearthed a wealth of knowledge ...
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Kayaking 2: Supplemental Skills

February 26 at 9 a.m. - noon
Start where you left off in Kayaking 1. We taught you how to do a wet exit, but we left you wondering how to get back in your kayak. Learn deep wat...
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Urban Birding Blitz

February 26 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Urban Birding Blitz It may be cold, but we’ll search for winter specialty birds, with an outside chance at spotting a rare snowy owl. Meet by the f...
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Late Winter Walk

February 26 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Bradley Woods Reservation
Late Winter Walk Spring is just around the corner. We will search hopefully for sign of the season’s change on this fast-paced trek around the Quar...
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Drop-In Discovery: The Making of a Baseball Bat

February 26 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Louisville Sluggers are made from ash trees. Stop by the nature center to see the stages a log goes through to become a baseball bat.
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Bloom or Bust: Skunk Cabbage

February 26 at 11am-12pm
Big Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Joe Higgins to learn all about skunk cabbage as we search for the flowers of this bizarre winter-blooming plant. Big Creek Reservat...
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Bird Box Workshop

February 26 at noon - 1:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Are you interested in attracting more wildlife to your yard? In this workshop we will learn about and construct bird boxes that will help attract m...
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Sunday Drop-by: Cloudy days

February 26 at 1-3pm
West Creek Reservation
Since many winter days are spent under cloud cover, let’s learn about the many types we have here. We’ll also conduct experiments and have a cloud ...
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Beach and Forest Hike

February 26 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Huntington Reservation
Beach and Forest Hike The beach and surrounding forest provide a beautiful backdrop for a late-winter hike. Enjoy the scenery as we wind our way th...
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Build a Quinzee

February 26 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Explore ways humans and animals protect themselves from winter. If enough snow, we’ll construct a Quinzhee, or snow shelter. If there’s no snow, we...
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Hinckley Lake History Hike

February 26 at 2 - 4 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Join Historical Interpreter Beth Robb on a hike through time. We’ll hike a portion of the Hinckley Lake Loop Trail and learn the local history of t...
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Birds at the Overlook

February 26 at 2 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna on an adventure through the woods to our legendary overlook where we have been hand feeding for almost 90 years! Try yo...
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Cross-Country Ski Program Interest Sign-up

February 28 at
Weather in Cleveland is ever-changing. While we hope to have at least 4" of snow for the scheduled snow programs, Mother Nature doesn't always like...
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Snowshoe Program Interest Sign-up

February 28 at
Weather in Cleveland is ever-changing. While we hope to have at least 4" of snow for the scheduled snow programs, Mother Nature doesn't always like...
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Winter Walk

February 28 at 4 - 5 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
We’ll brave the winter weather and hopefully see some wildlife on our journey as the month of February ends. Garfield Park Reservation Garfield Par...
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Mardi Gras at Merwin's Wharf

February 28 at 5 p.m.
Washington Reservation
Mardi Gras at Merwin’s Wharf Tuesday, February 28        Doors open at 5 p.m. Celebrate Fat Tuesday at Merwin’s with ...
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Cleveland Metroparks 2017 Tour of Wildflowers

March 1 - June 1 at 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
The race is on! Join hundreds of Clevelanders as we go on nature’s ultimate scavenger hunt; the Tour of Wildflowers! Spend an afternoon, a weekend,...
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Hunt of the Month: Clovers

March 1 - 31
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon - Sat, Noon - 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
This month when you visit CanalWay Center you'll be searching for clovers. Test your luck to see if you can find all 20. Then head outside and look...
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Gallery Wall: MesmERIEized by Marcello Mellino

March 1 - 31 at 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Daily
Rocky River Reservation
Gallery Wall: MesmERIEized by Marcello Mellino For Marcello Mellino the "magic" of water has been focal in his experiences and Lake Erie remains hi...
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Kids Explore Muddy Trails

March 2 at 10 a.m. - noon
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Carly Martin and explore the muddy trails of March.  
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CanalWay Storytime 11 a.m.

March 2 at 11 - 11:45 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss with books of his rhyming stories and wacky words. Ages: 6 years & under with adult Register by phone or on...
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CanalWay Storytime 6 p.m.

March 2 at 6 - 6:45 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss with books of his rhyming stories and wacky words. Ages: 6 years & under with adult Register by phone or on...
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Cleveland Astronomical Society: Gemini - A 50-Year Retrospective

March 2 at 6:30 - 7 p.m. Meeting, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Speaker
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
The Gemini Space Program was the proving ground for technology & procedures that led to the successful Apollo spacecraft moon landing. Former N...
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Amphibian Crossing

March 2 at 7 - 8 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Naturalist Kelly McGinnis to learn about the annual spring migration of amphibians. We’ll discuss their unique life cycles and then we’ll meet...
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National Day of Unplugging

March 3 at 9am-10am
Big Creek Reservation
Unplug from your responsibilities for a while on this stroll along Big Creek. There’s no better way to recharge your own batteries than to unplug a...
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History of Maple Sugaring

March 3 - 19
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday
Rocky River Reservation
History of Maple Sugaring The end of winter arrives in northern Ohio at a snail’s pace, indicated by “drip-drip-drip” as snow and ice melt, signali...
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The Critters of CanalWay

March 3 at 4 - 5 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Today is world wildlife day. Come to CanalWay Center to learn about the animals that call the center home and watch as we feed them a snack. We’ll ...
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Big Met Grille Fish Fry

March 3 - April 14
4-9 p.m. on Friday
Rocky River Reservation
Back by popular demand… Big Met Grille Fish Fry! Join us for Fish Fry Fridays, March 3 through April 14 from 4 to 9 p.m.  at Big Met Grille! V...
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Building the Past - WPA & CCC

March 3 at 7 - 8 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
During the Great Depression the WPA and CCC programs provided job opportunities. We’ll learn about the impact of these federal programs on Clevelan...
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Eagle Watch

March 4 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Naturalist Jenny McClain for an early spring hike in search of eagles, beaver and other wildlife activity.  Plateau Picnic Area
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Emerald Necklace Art Club: Monthly Meeting

March 4 at 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Draw and paint with us. Members of the Emerald Necklace Art Club are invited to bring their favorite medium as we appreciate the signs of the seaso...
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Centennial Conversations: Golf

March 4 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Golf has been an important form of recreation within Cleveland Metroparks throughout the last century. Our professionals will share some of the his...
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Nature News Today

March 4 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Nature News Today Each month, join Naturalist Marty Calabrese on an all-ages hike with eyes fixed on the ephemeral. Get the latest scoop on the wil...
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March Forth

March 4 at noon - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Carly Martin as we march forth on March 4 th . We’ll explore a habitat flanked by eastern hemlocks and another edged with white pin...
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Knots for Scouts

March 4 at 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. or 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Learn how to tie some basic and useful knots that all scouts should know, and then try out some simply for fun. Choose either of two sessions. Regi...
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Pond Dipping Drop-by

March 4 at 2:30-4pm
Brookside Reservation
Unplug from your responsibilities for a while on this stroll along Big Creek. There’s no better way to recharge your own batteries than to unplug a...
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Waterbirds at Wildwood

March 5 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Spring waterfowl migration is still underway. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder on a survey of ducks, mergansers and other birds on the lake. If the...
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Duck, Duck, Goose

March 5 at 10 a.m. - Noon
March is a great time to search for waterfowl. Ducks, geese, gulls and birds of prey can be spotted on the Cuyahoga River. Join in for a cool bird ...
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A Great Migration

March 5 at 11a.m. - noon
North Chagrin Reservation
Year after year, amphibians throughout Ohio migrate from the safety of the forest to their ancestral breeding pools. This indoor presentation will ...
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Floodplain Hike

March 5 at Noon-2pm
West Creek Reservation
Explore the floodplain of West Creek. We’ll look for birds, animal tracks and tree buds that promise Spring’s imminent arrival. Dentzler Trailhead
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Harriet Keeler Hike

March 5 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Harriet Keeler was an inspiring individual to students and readers of her books during the late 1800’s-early 1900’s. We’ll learn about this histori...
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Spring Wildflowers 101

March 5 at 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Consider this your personal wildflower primer! Spring flowers are a welcome distraction this time of year. We’ll discuss where to look, how to find...
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Milkweed for Monarchs

March 5 at 3 - 4:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
The word milkweed is synonymous with the monarch butterfly. During this workshop, Naturalist Natalie Schroder will help you discover the importance...
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Southwest Camera Club: Macro Photography Tech Talk

March 6 at 3:30 - 8:15 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Southwest Camera Club: Macro Photography Tech Talk Club member Paul Goebel will present a “how-to” on macro photography. 7:30 – 8:15 p.m.   RRNC
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North Chagrin Nature Photography Club

March 6 at 8 - 9:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Out of Focus BackgroundsI t’s known as Bokeh, and it refers to having background images just out of focus to emphasize the main subject. Try it and...
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Migration Census

March 7 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Migration Census Spring migration is gearing up. Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a census of migrating songbirds, waterbirds, raptors and more. W...
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Watershed Volunteer Program LinkUp

March 7 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Are you looking for an opportunity to conserve local water resources? Learn how our actions on land impact the quality of our local streams and Lak...
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Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society: Analysis of Bird Distribution Changes

March 7 at 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society: Analysis of Bird Distribution Changes Matthew Shumar of the Ohio Bird Conservation discusses information that can...
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Northern Ohio Association of Herpetologists: Salamanders and Earthworms

March 8 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Northern Ohio Association of Herpetologists: Salamanders and Earthworms How do Salamanders and Earthworms, two animals that live in the leaf litter...
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Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association: Swarm Prevention

March 8 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association: Swarm Prevention Denzil St.Clair discusses how to prevent your bees from swarming, what to look for, and ...
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Nurture with Nature

March 9 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your family for a monthly program that explores nature through books, games, hikes and other activities. This month we’ll learn about frogs.&...
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Nature Baby – Maple Sugaring

March 10 at 10 - 10:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Nature Baby – Maple Sugaring The forest awaits you, so let’s get baby out to explore nature. Grab a baby backpack or carry your child for a walk in...
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Discovering Nature: Maple Sugaring

March 10 at 1 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Discovering Nature: Maple Sugaring Join Naturalist Bev Walborn on an outdoor adventure just for preschoolers. We will explore the history of maple ...
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Nature Detective: Who’s Been Eaten?

March 10 at 5:30-7pm
West Creek Reservation
A furry brown ball…full of…BONES! But who do these bones belong to? Help Naturalist Matt Knittel solve the mystery of who was eaten by dissecting o...
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Harriet Tubman Hike

March 10 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
On the day of Harriet Tubman’s birth, we’ll traverse the darkened forest of Bedford Reservation. On the trail we’ll discuss the importance of noctu...
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Friday Film: Waterwise 1

March 10 at 7-8:30pm
West Creek Reservation
Ohio shares a border with Pennsylvania, and the issues and ecology of western PA are very similar to those of northeast Ohio. Discover how the Keys...
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Woodcock Watch

March 10 at 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Woodcocks are a secretive bird with a rather fantastic mating display. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder to learn about the special adaptations of t...
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Sunrise Hike and Snowshoes

March 11 at 6:30 - 7:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Foster Brown on this morning hike as we greet the sun. We will catch a glimpse of woodland early risers, and possibly hand feed a c...
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Extreme Hiking

March 11 at 9 a.m. - noon
Hinckley Reservation
The buzzards will be returning very soon. Let’s hike to some of their favorite places in the reservation. Trail conditions could be challenging.&nb...
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Cargo Ships

March 11 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Cleveland is a port city and ships are vital to our economy. Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak will help you understand how these behemoths of tran...
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Birds and Coffee

March 11 at 10 – 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Relax with a hot cup of coffee as we watch chickadees, nuthatches and other winter birds through one-way glass windows. Join Naturalist Jeff Riebe ...
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Snoga

March 11 at 10:30 - noon
West Creek Reservation
What do you get when you combine snow and yoga? Snoga of course! Hike on snow-covered trails as you pause at scenic locations with certified yoga i...
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Signs of Spring

March 11 at 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Bradley Woods Reservation
March 11 Signs of Spring Hike Naturalist Wendy Weirich leads a search for spring in the only swamp forest in the region. 10:30 - 12:30   BWR C...
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Nature Journaling

March 11 at 1 - 3 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Experience nature through the seasons. We will record our observations in a journal of our own creation. You may want to bring a camera. Register o...
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Pollinator Gardening 101

March 11 at 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bees and butterflies are a great addition to any garden. Learn what to plant to attract pollinators and beautify your garden. Register by phone or ...
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Second Saturday Nature Craft

March 11 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Come create an animal out of a dried milkweed pod. These dangling seed pods which released hundreds of seeds are perfect for fashioning an opossum ...
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Extra! Extra!

March 11 at 2-4 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Calling all heroes: Earth needs your help! Create a PSA (public service announcement) to tell people how they can save our planet! Will yours be a ...
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Glass with a Nature Art Class

March 11 at 6 - 8 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Enjoy the cozy atmosphere of Look About Lodge as Naturalist Stefanie Verish leads you through a nature-art project. You can bring your beverage of ...
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Full Moon Owl Hike

March 11 at 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Big Creek Reservation
WHOO will be the first to spot an owl as we hike through the moonlit forest? Naturalist Matt Knittel leads this nighttime expedition to discover ou...
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Tales Around the Necklace

March 11 at 7-8:30pm
West Creek Reservation
Call it traditional storytelling, spoken word performance, or narrative theater; excellent storytelling artists bring us entertaining and enlighten...
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Hike Beneath the Moon

March 11 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
The moon is nearly full so let's take advantage of the light it will provide us along the trail.
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Birds of Acacia

March 12 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna as we search for birds throughout Acacia Reservation’s ever-changing landscape. Bring binoculars, some available to bor...
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Kayaking 1: Introduction to Kayaking

March 12 at 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
This entry level course combines classroom and on the water practice to introduce you to equipment, basic paddling strokes, and more.  Be prep...
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American Red Cross Lifeguard Review Course

March 12 at 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
This blended learning course is for Lifeguards who are currently certified in American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid, and or CPR/AED for the Pro...
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Leprechaun Hunt 12 p.m.

March 12 at 12 -1 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by searching for leprechauns. Those sneaky little fellows are hiding among the trees near CanalWay Center. Hear a story...
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National Girl Scout Day: Wonders of Water

March 12 at 1-3pm
West Creek Reservation
Learn about how water influences our daily lives, then search for aquatic life in West Creek. Love water, save water, and share water activities co...
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Dog Walk

March 12 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Winter is coming to its end. It’s time to bring your four-legged friend and get out of your state of torpor as we search for signs of spring and we...
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Trailside Explorers

March 12 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Come outside on our monthly child-paced wander. This month, we discover the secrets of Squire’s Castle. We’ll explore this fascinating building and...
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Leprechaun Hunt 3 p.m.

March 12 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by searching for leprechauns. Those sneaky little fellows are hiding among the trees near CanalWay Center. Hear a story...
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Spring Forward Hike

March 12 at 5-7 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Enjoy the extended daylight hours with an early evening hike in beautiful West Creek Reservation! Let’s look for signs that promise spring is just ...
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Acacia for the Young at Heart

March 13 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Slow down and enjoy a leisurely walk with Naturalist Natalie Schroder as we explore all that Acacia Reservation holds during this first month of sp...
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Cuyahoga Astronomical Association: Observatories and Holes in the Ground

March 13 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Cuyahoga Astronomical Association: Observatories and Holes in the Ground Club member and astrophotographer, Matt Franduto is taking a trip to Arizo...
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Hiking for the Young at Heart

March 14 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
We will try to squeeze in a cave visit and spot an eagle nest on this Tuesday morning hike. Join Naturalist Pam Taylor as we explore the history of...
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Green Lawn Care

March 14 at 5:30-7pm
West Creek Reservation
Learn helpful, cost-effective ways to keep your lawn green without using the pesticides and fertilizers that pollute our local waterways.  
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Ohio Boating Education Course (All three classes)

March 14 - 28
6 – 9 p.m. on Tuesday
Rocky River Reservation
Learn safe boating fundamentals and laws that apply to paddling, sailing, and power boating.  Successful completion of the course, which ...
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Buzzard Day

March 15 at 7 a.m. - ??
Hinckley Reservation
The buzzards are bringing spring back to Cleveland Metroparks Hinckley Reservation. The watch begins at 7 a.m., continuing until the first buzzard ...
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Young Explorers 10 a.m.

March 15 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
The Leprechauns have been busy all month following the rainbow and looking for their pot of gold. Come to CanalWay Center to learn what makes the r...
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Animal Crackers

March 15 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny to explore the fascinating world of rocks and fossils through activities and a hike.  Register by phone beginning March 1
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Young Explorers 1 p.m.

March 15 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
The Leprechauns have been busy all month following the rainbow and looking for their pot of gold. Come to CanalWay Center to learn what makes the r...
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Animal Crackers

March 15 at 1 - 2:15 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny to explore the fascinating world of rocks and fossils through activities and a hike.  Register by phone beginning March 1
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Migration Headache

March 15 at 2-4pm
West Creek Reservation
They’re here one day and gone the next! Come play games and learn about migratory animals. We’ll even take a short walk to look for some of these t...
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Hump Day Hike

March 15 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Tired of being indoors? Come explore the field and forest in search of nature’s beauty. See majestic riverside cliffs, hear a nuthatch calling in t...
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Fly Tying 2: Patterns

March 15 at 6 - 9 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Now that you understand the basics of tying flies, learn how to tie different patterns under the guidance of Jeff Liskay. Participants will learn t...
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West Creek Night Hike – Spring Thaw

March 15 at 6:30-8pm
West Creek Reservation
Join a naturalist for a walk through West Creek Reservation to see what may be peeking out of the warming soils.  Monarch Bluff Picnic Area
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Animal Crackers

March 16 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny to explore the fascinating world of rocks and fossils through activities and a hike.  Register by phone beginning March 1
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Early Risers Walk

March 16 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Mid-March is a great time to begin the search for spring ephemerals. We’ll skirt the edges of the wetland and watch for early rising wildflowers al...
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Castle to Cabins

March 16 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Much of the history of North Chagrin has been reclaimed by the forest. On this hike, we will rediscover some of this reservation’s historic structu...
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Adventure University Series: John MacDonald - Backpacking Across Iceland

March 16 at 6 - 9 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Cleveland Metroparks in collaboration with Baldwin Wallace students  as the Adventure University Series continues!   Take a break fr...
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Rain Barrel Workshop

March 16 at 6:30 -8 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
A rain barrel collects and stores rainwater that would be lost to runoff that can be used to water lawns and gardens. Join Cuyahoga Soil & Wate...
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St. Patrick's Day at Merwin's Wharf

March 17 at 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Day at Merwin's Wharf Friday March 17       Doors open at 8 a.m. Kick off your 3-day weekend at Merwin'...
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Early Risers Walk

March 17 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Bedford Reservation
Mid-March is a great time to begin the search for spring ephemerals. We will skirt the edges of Tinker’s Creek and watch for early rising wildflowe...
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Family Friday Night: Maple Sugaring

March 17 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Have you ever tapped a tree? Join us to learn how maple syrup is created. We’ll experience every step of the process and attempt to make our own. T...
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Land Navigation 1

March 18 at 9 a.m. - noon
North Chagrin Reservation
Do you ever feel like your phone has become an extension of yourself? Come out and take a break from technology, and learn a new skill with an old ...
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Public Square

March 18 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
One of the first sections of Cleaveland laid out by surveyors was also home to the first offices of what has become your Cleveland Metroparks. Hist...
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The Novice Naturalist

March 18 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Foster Brown to explore the world of nature. Each month will highlight an interesting topic revealing seasonal developments outside...
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World Water Day Celebration

March 18 at 12-4pm
West Creek Reservation
The water journey continues to new areas of the globe. Grab your passport and explore the cultural and economic roles that water plays across the w...
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Centennial Challenge: Aluminum Can Drive

March 18 at 12-4pm
West Creek Reservation
Aluminum cans may be recycled indefinitely! Cans will be collected in honor of Cleveland Metroparks Centennial Anniversary sustainability initiativ...
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Land Navigation 2

March 18 at 1 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Brush up on your map and compass skills with this intermediate course, which will delve more deeply into more complex compass skills, such as trian...
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Dog Hike

March 18 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Bring your best furry friend to the park for some exercise and socialization. Join Naturalist Jeff Riebe and Kira as we hike the wooded trails of N...
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Viaduct Park History Hike

March 18 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Explore Viaduct Park with Historical Interpreter Karen Lakus. View The Great Falls of Tinker’s Creek and hear about the rich history of this small,...
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Buzzard Spotting

March 19 at 9 a.m. - Noon
Hinckley Reservation
Join naturalists to help spot returning buzzards to Hinckley Reservation.
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Sunday Morning Dog Walk

March 19 at 10 - 11 A.M.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
We’ll look for signs of green in the park as we stroll on the All-Purpose trail with our dogs on the last weekend of winter.  Ohio & Erie ...
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View from the Top

March 19 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Euclid Creek is home to rare trees and breathtaking views. Naturalist Jake Kudrna will lead you to one of the highest points in the reservation whe...
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Maple Sugaring Drop-by

March 19 at 2 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Stop in anytime this afternoon to learn about this truly American tradition. A naturalist will be on hand with the tools of the trade and fresh sap...
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Women's History and a Cup of Tea

March 19 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Enjoy a cup of hot tea and celebrate National Women’s History Month with Historical Interpreter Karen Lakus. While you sip, we’ll take a look at so...
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Monday MeetUp: What's Up with Big Creek Connects

March 20 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Big Creek Connects is working to restore one of the largest and most urbanized tributary to the Cuyahoga River. Learn how you can volunteer with th...
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Spring Hike

March 20 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Enjoy a hike through the woodlands of Bedford Reservation as we celebrate the first day of spring. We’ll look for wildflowers, birds and mammals as...
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Rain Barrel Workshop

March 21 at 6-7:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Learn to harvest rain water for all your garden needs and to combat storm water pollution in your community. Each workshop participant will constru...
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Vernal Venture

March 22 at 9 a.m. - noon
South Chagrin Reservation
Now that we’re officially into spring, let’s venture out and hike the hills of Sulphur Springs. On this quick-paced hike, we’ll stop here and there...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

March 22 at 10:30 -11:45 a.m.and 1 - 2:15 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
  Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover the longtime tradition of maple sugaring. We will have discovery time, a craft and go on a short hik...
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Traditional Medicinal Teas

March 22 at 2-3pm
West Creek Reservation
Modern medicine and doctors are amazing, but what did we do for medicine before? Naturalist Matt Knittel leads a presentation on native medicinal p...
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Wednesday Walk

March 22 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Join us as we walk out to the overlook on Dike 14 where we’ll see the sun setting on the coast of Lake Erie. On our walk we’ll look for birds and o...
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Irishtown Bend

March 22 at 7 - 8 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
In Cleveland our river is crooked, and tales of the Bend you’ve mis-took-ed, we’ll show you what’s true, give Irish their due, Doug hopes by the en...
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Urban Explorations: Burke Lakefront Airport

March 23 at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Join Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak to learn about the history and workings of Burke Lakefront Airport, and to tour the International Women’s Ai...
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Backpacking Basics

March 23 at 6 – 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Learn the basics to having a safe and enjoyable backcountry experience before investing in expensive gear. Our knowledgeable staff will cover impor...
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Kayaking 1: Introduction to Kayaking

March 23 at 6 – 9 p.m.
This entry level course combines classroom and on the water practice to introduce you to equipment, basic paddling strokes, and more.  Be prep...
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Your Parks, Their Stories

March 23 at 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
If you haven’t heard the name William Stinchcomb yet, then it is about time. Many referred to him as the “Father of Cleveland Metroparks.” This ama...
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Family Movie Night

March 24 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Join us as we watch Madagascar. We’ll observe the adventures of a few zoo animals as they travel to a faraway land in search of freedom. Snacks wil...
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Woodcock Watch

March 24 at 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Woodcocks are a secretive bird with a rather fantastic mating display. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder to learn about the special adaptations of t...
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Woodlands of Bedford: Spring Bird Walk

March 25 at 8 - 11 a.m.
Bedford Reservation
Enjoy early spring birding in beautiful Bedford Reservation with Fred Losi. Many different habitats will reveal new arrivals such as eastern p...
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Heritage Hobby Bus Trip: Pittsburgh

March 25 at 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Many of the skills that were once a part of every day life and survival have found a place within our modern lifestyles as hobbies. Join us as we e...
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Scranton Road Peninsula Hop

March 25 at 10 a.m. - Noon
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak walks, talks and bops about this oasis created under Hope (Memorial Bridge). It’ll be a “miled” hike with a modic...
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Ohio Women in Wilderness

March 25 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Ohio Women in Wilderness Celebrate Women’s History Month and enjoy the trails around the Rocky River Nature Center with this special history hike, ...
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Live Animal Lessons

March 25 at 1 - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Everyone likes live animal programs, right? Join Naturalist Foster Brown as he carefully and respectfully shares the natural history of the Eastern...
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Gnome Garden Workshop

March 25 at 1-2:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Learn about the history of green roofs, as well as our bearded garden friends, then let your creativity shine by making your own gnome garden to ta...
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Buds Ready to Burst Hike

March 25 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Spring is here and tree buds are swelling and getting ready to unfold into delicate leaves. Join Naturalist Kathy Schmidt on a hike to identify tre...
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Salamander Drop-in

March 25 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Drop in and meet some of Ohio’s fascinating and rarely seen amphibians, the salamanders. When the snow and ice start to melt, these creatures awake...
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BSA Merit Badge: Nature

March 25 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
BSA Merit Badge: Nature Calling all Boy Scouts! March unveils the blooms of maples, violets, and other harbingers of spring. Can other wildlife be ...
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Early Bird Birding

March 26 at 7-8 AM
Big Creek Reservation
Witness a breathtaking spectacle as thousands of migrating blackbirds ascend from Lake Abram at dawn. Learn about red-winged blackbird migration pa...
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Bird banding at Rocky River Nature Center

March 26 at 9:30 a.m. - noon
Rocky River Reservation
Bird banding at Rocky River Nature Center Better than binoculars, see intricate details of birds as we capture and band birds from the feeder. Lear...
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Kayaking 1: Introduction to Kayaking

March 26 at 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
This entry level course combines classroom and on the water practice to introduce you to equipment, basic paddling strokes, and more.  Be prep...
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Spring into the Creek

March 26 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder in search of early spring migrants and wildflowers in the woods along Euclid Creek. Bring binoculars, some availab...
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Bird Box Workshop

March 26 at noon - 1:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Are you interested in attracting more wildlife to your yard? In this workshop we will learn about and construct bird boxes that will help attract m...
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19th Century Living for Kids: Weaving

March 26 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join us as we learn about the importance of making your own fabrics in the early 1800’s. We’ll also make a weaving craft to take home. Register by ...
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Look About Lodge Open House

March 26 at 1 - 4 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Drop by the Lodge today to enjoy the ambiance, relax by the fireplace, and talk to a naturalist about 79 years of connecting people with nature at ...
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Sunday Sprouts: Maple Sugaring

March 26 at 1 - 2:15 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover the longtime tradition of maple sugaring. We will read a story, have discovery time and go on a short hike.
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Legacy of Rachel Carson

March 26 at 2-4 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Celebrate Women’s History Month! Find out how one woman used silence to get everyone’s attention and clean up America’s waterways.  Indoor pre...
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Spring is Here Hike

March 26 at 2 - 4 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Spring is in the air so join Naturalist Kelly McGinnis for a hike on the Hinckley Lake Loop trail to look for signs of spring.  Hinckley Lake ...
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Early Spring Hike

March 26 at 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Selby Majewski to search for signs of spring on the rich Scenic Loop Trail. These deep woods are home to a wealth of wildflowers an...
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Spring Break Explorers South

March 28 - 27 at 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Drop the kids off and let them celebrate spring with outdoor exploration!  We’ll search for wildflowers, frogs and fun during a muddy morning....
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Wildflower Walk

March 29 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
In 2016 we witnessed over a dozen species of spring wildflowers in Euclid Creek Reservation. Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna this season to hopefully a...
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Survival of the Fittest

March 29 at 1:30-3pm
West Creek Reservation
Come learn about natural selection with this fun game. We’ll pretend to be coyotes and see how many rabbits we can catch.
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Spring Break Explorers North

March 30 at 9 - 1 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Drop the kids off and let them celebrate spring with outdoor exploration! We’ll search for wildflowers, frogs and fun during a muddy morning. Bring...
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PreSchool: Butterflies

March 30 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
This month’s class is all about butterflies. Your little ones will hear a story about butterflies, take a short hike and pot a butterfly plant to t...
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Urban Explorations: Flats Bridges

March 30 at 1 - 4 p.m.
Spend your afternoon hiking in the Flats with Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak. Cleveland’s a city of bridges and we plan to span the gamut of the...
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National Take a Walk in the Park Day

March 30 at 3-4:30pm
Big Creek Reservation
Let’s explore a lesser known area of Cleveland Metroparks to see what other gems may be hiding within our Emerald Necklace. Beyer’s Pond parking lot
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Take a Walk

March 30 at 5 - 6 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Today is national take a walk in the park day so let’s do just that! Join us for a walk around the lower 40 loop of the Ohio & Erie Canal Reser...
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Rock Climbing: Anchor Building 1

March 30 at 6 - 9 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Maintain your rock climbing enthusiasm through the long winter months by expanding your top rope climbing knowledge. Join certified rock climb...
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Kayaking 2: Supplemental Skills

March 30 at 6 - 9 p.m.
Start where you left off in Kayaking 1. We taught you how to do a wet exit, but we left you wondering how to get back in your kayak. Learn deep wat...
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For Adults Only: Ohio Geology 1,2 & 3

March 30 - April 1 at 7-9 pm
West Creek Reservation
March 30 For Adults Only: Ohio Geology I Understanding our bedrock leads to a greater understanding of our region’s ecology. Why is there rich farm...
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American Red Cross Babysitter Training

March 31 at 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Participants 11 to 15 years old learn the skills and confidence to safely and responsibly care for children and infants. Through hands-on activitie...
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Secret Salamanders

March 31 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Secret Salamanders Young children will love learning more about the shy, secretive salamander. We will hear a story, make a fun craft, and take a s...
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Afternoon Outside: Beaver

March 31 at 6 - 7 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
We’ll discuss the strange adaptations of these mammals that live in our wetlands. We’ll make a craft and take a short hike to see their lodge. Regi...
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Woodcock Watch

March 31 at 7:45 - 8:45 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Join Naturalist Jenny McClain to experience the spectacular spring performance of the male woodcock. We’ll listen for the distinctive call, watch t...
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Wilderness First Aid

April 1 - 2 at 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Join us for a two-day workshop to learn wilderness first aid skills from experts in the field. Designed specifically for groups and their leaders, ...
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Emerald Necklace Art Club: Monthly Meeting

April 1 at 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Draw and paint with us. Members of the Emerald Necklace Art Club are invited to bring their favorite medium as we appreciate the signs of the seaso...
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April's Fool's Day Fun

April 1 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
How well do you know your animals and plants? Test your knowledge on this silly and amusing self-guided scavenger hunt through forest and prairie. ...
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Gallery Wall: MesmERIEized by Marcello Mellino

April 1 - 30 at 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Daily
Rocky River Reservation
Gallery Wall: MesmERIEized by Marcello Mellino The "magic" of water has been focal in Marcello Mellino’s personal and artistic experiences and Lake...
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Dog Walk

April 2 at 1 - 2 :30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your four-legged friend for a hike through the woods in Brecksville. We will look for signs of spring while we hike.  Brecksville Nature...
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Egg Hunt

April 2 at 1 - 2 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Brush up on your egg-huntin’ skills as we check some of our best wetlands for the amphibian egg masses left by our slimy friends.    
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Amphibian Quest

April 2 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield on a quest to see some of spring’s first amphibians. If the weather is favorable, we may hear treefrogs and find sala...
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Flowers Along the Creek

April 2 at 3:30 - 4:30
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder along Euclid Creek in search of this season’s wildflowers. We will follow this route throughout the blooming seaso...
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Dusk Happenings

April 2 at 6 - 8 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Carly Martin as we explore what nature is up to this evening. We’ll start by exploring the Chagrin Valley but may caravan around th...
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Birds of the Lakefront

April 2 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna as we search for birds throughout this urban oasis. Bring binoculars, some available to borrow.      
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Acacia for the Young at Heart

April 3 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Slow down and enjoy a leisurely walk with Naturalist Natalie Schroder as we explore all that Acacia Reservation holds during spring. All abilities ...
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Monday MeetUp: What's Up with Doan Brook Watershed Partnership

April 3 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Learn about the rewarding ways you can volunteer with the Doan Brook Watershed Partnership. Volunteers are involved in events, hikes, land stewards...
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Southwest Camera Club: The 20 Best Local Spots for Birdwatching

April 3 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Southwest Camera Club: The 20 Best Local Spots for Birdwatching Metroparks Naturalist Jen Brumfield will share some of the region’s top sites for b...
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North Chagrin Nature Photography Club

April 3 at 8 - 9:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Bugs Anyone? They’re creepy! They’re crawly!   But they are oh so fascinating. Bring in five shots without the hand of man. Mother Nature will...
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Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society: Invasive Plant Control on Lake Erie Shoreline.

April 4 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society: Invasive Plant Control on Lake Erie Shoreline. In 2016, The Nature Conservancy was awarded a Great Lakes Restorat...
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Animal Crackers

April 5 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your preschooler for a fun day discovering more about animals that come from eggs! We’ll read a story, make a craft and explore outside. ...
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Nature Baby

April 5 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Nature Baby The forest is awaiting you, so let’s get baby out to explore nature. Grab a baby backpack or just carry your child for a walk in the wo...
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Animal Crackers

April 5 at 1 - 2:15 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your preschooler for a fun day discovering more about animals that come from eggs! We’ll read a story, make a craft and explore outside. ...
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Animal Crackers

April 6 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your preschooler for a fun day discovering more about animals that come from eggs! We’ll read a story, make a craft and explore outside. ...
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Little Explorers: Leap Frog

April 6 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Leap Frog Bring your little explorer to leap and learn all about Ohio’s amphibians. We’ll have stories, crafts, and songs for you...
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Little Explorers: Leap Frog

April 6 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Leap Frog Bring your little explorer to leap and learn all about Ohio’s amphibians. We’ll have stories, crafts, and songs for you...
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Bowl Burning

April 8 at 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Create a bowl from a chunk of wood using the ancient technique of controlled burning with coals from a fire. Naturalists Sharon Hosko and Kathy Sch...
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Bird Songs 101

April 8 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Bird Songs 101 Ever wonder what bird is singing in your backyard? Join Beth Whiteley as we learn the sounds of northeast Ohio’s most common birds a...
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Steelhead Fly Fishing Excursion

April 8 at 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Discover the tranquility of fly fishing in the Rocky River under the guidance of Jeff Liskay.  Learn advanced steelhead fly fishing techniques...
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Moses Cleaveland Trees

April 8 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Moses Cleaveland Trees In 1946, 150 trees were identified in Cleveland old enough to have witnessed the city’s founding. Learn about the 1796 journ...
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Biohike: Nightlife

April 8 at 8 - 9 p.m.
Bradley Woods Reservation
Biohike: Nightlife Come experience the sights and sounds of nighttime. Join Naturalist Marty Calabrese for a flashlights-on walk in the park. 8 – 9...
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Woodcock Watch

April 8 at 8 - 9 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Join Naturalist Jenny McClain to experience the spectacular spring performance of the male woodcock. We’ll listen for the distinctive call, watch t...
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Kayaking 1: Introduction to Kayaking

April 9 at 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
This entry level course combines classroom and on the water practice to introduce you to equipment, basic paddling strokes, and more.  Be prep...
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Rock Climbing: Anchor Building 2

April 9 at 1 - 4 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Start where we left off in Anchor Building 1 by putting basic anchor building concepts into practice using natural anchors.The course will rev...
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Your Piece of the Planet: Yard Map

April 9 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Your Piece of the Planet: Yard Map Yard Map is an amazing online citizen science tool that allows you to map your outdoor space, share it with othe...
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Eco Engineers

April 9 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Eco Engineers Join Naturalist Lindsey Dukles on a walk near the lagoon. We will look for evidence of beavers in the environment they inhabit and al...
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Get Out...

April 9 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
…and get active. Join Naturalist Kelly McGinnis to explore the trails in Hinckley Reservation. Over the next months, we’ll hike all of the trails s...
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Cuyahoga Astronomical Association: Hoaxes and Panics

April 10 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Cuyahoga Astronomical Association: Hoaxes and Panics Club member Steve Gallant will discuss some of the great astronomical hoaxes, including the fa...
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Full Moon Hike

April 11 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Full Moon Hike Spring’s full moon will be greeted by the sounds of breeding amphibians. Join us for a walk around the wetlands of Rocky River Natur...
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Backpacking Basics

April 12 at 6 – 9 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Learn the basics to having a safe and enjoyable backcountry experience before investing in expensive gear. Our knowledgeable staff will cover impor...
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Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association: What is a pollen trap and how to use one

April 12 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association: What is a pollen trap and how to use one Come and listen to Melanie Seal an experienced bee keeper explai...
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Discovering Nature: The Awakening Pond

April 13 at 4 - 4:30 p.m.
Bradley Woods Reservation
Discovering Nature: The Awakening Pond Join Naturalist Bev Walborn on an outdoor adventure just for preschoolers. We will explore around Bunns Lake...
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Nurture with Nature

April 13 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your family for a monthly program that explores nature through books, games, hikes and other activities. This month we’ll learn about bird mi...
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Albion of Yore

April 15 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Albion of Yore The area around Bonnie Park was once its own city called Albion. This short hike serves as an introduction to the history of the are...
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Spring Bird Walks - South Chagrin Reservation

April 16 - May 21
7:30 - 10:30 am on Sunday
South Chagrin Reservation
Watch the spring migrants return or travel through to their summer breeding grounds during the 84th Annual Series of Spring Bird Walks. Cosponsored...
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Spring Bird Walks - Rocky River Reservation

April 16 - May 21
7:30 - 10:30 am on Sunday
Rocky River Reservation
Watch the spring migrants return or travel through to their summer breeding grounds during the 84th Annual Series of Spring Bird Walks. Cosponsored...
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Spring Bird Walks - Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation

April 16 - May 21
7:30 - 10:30 am on Sunday
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Watch the spring migrants return or travel through to their summer breeding grounds during the 84th Annual Series of Spring Bird Walks. Cosponsored...
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Spring Bird Walks - Huntington Reservation

April 16 - May 21
7:30 - 10:30 am on Sunday
Huntington Reservation
Watch the spring migrants return or travel through to their summer breeding grounds during the 84th Annual Series of Spring Bird Walks. Cosponsored...
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Spring Bird Walks - Hinckley Reservation

April 16 - May 21
7:30 - 10:30 am on Sunday
Hinckley Reservation
Watch the spring migrants return or travel through to their summer breeding grounds during the 84th Annual Series of Spring Bird Walks. Cosponsored...
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Spring Bird Walks - Bedford

April 16 - May 21
7:30 - 10:30 am on Sunday
Bedford Reservation
Watch the spring migrants return or travel through to their summer breeding grounds during the 84th Annual Series of Spring Bird Walks. Cosponsored...
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Spring Bird Walks - Brecksville (Station Rd)

April 16 - May 21
7:30 - 10:30 am on Sunday
Brecksville Reservation
Watch the spring migrants return or travel through to their summer breeding grounds during the 84th Annual Series of Spring Bird Walks. Cosponsored...
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Spring Bird Walks - Big Creek Rsvn

April 16 - May 21
7:30 - 10:30 am on Sunday
Big Creek Reservation
Watch the spring migrants return or travel through to their summer breeding grounds during the 84th Annual Series of Spring Bird Walks. Cosponsored...
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Spring Bird Walks - North Chagrin Reservation

April 16 - May 21
7:30 - 10:30 am on Sunday
North Chagrin Reservation
Watch the spring migrants return or travel through to their summer breeding grounds during the 84th Annual Series of Spring Bird Walks. Cosponsored...
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Hiking for the Young at Heart

April 18 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Hinckley Reservation
What a wonderful time of the year to hike in Hinckley Reservation. We’ll be welcomed by a stunning display of wildflowers.  Johnson’s Picnic Area
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Youth Outdoors New Volunteer Orientation

April 19 at 7 - 9 pm
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Learn about sharing your interest in outdoor recreation with urban youth by assisting with hands-on experiences such as hiking, fishing, kayaking, ...
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Homeschool Happenings: Reptiles of Rocky River Reservation

April 20 at 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Homeschool Happenings: Reptiles of Rocky River Reservation Reptiles seem reclusive and mysterious to many of us in Northeast Ohio. Learn about what...
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Appalachian Trail Backpacking Trip

April 20 - 27 at Mandatory Pre-Trip meetings April 20, 6 - 9 p.m. AND April 27, 6 - 8 p.m. Actual Trip May 4 - 7 (all day)
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
CanalWay Center, Mandatory Pre-Trip meetings April 20, 6 - 9 p.m. AND April 27, 6 - 8 p.m.  Actual Trip May 4 - 7 (all day) Grab your hiking b...
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Kayaking 2: Supplemental Skills

April 20 at 6 - 9 p.m.
Start where you left off in Kayaking 1. We taught you how to do a wet exit, but we left you wondering how to get back in your kayak. Learn deep wat...
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Remains to be Seen

April 21 at 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Travel back in time to when the Berea Quarries were a booming business. Join Naturalists Beth Robb and Kathy Schmidt to search for the quarry remna...
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Spring at Whipp's Ledges

April 22 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Join Naturalist Jenny McClain for a rugged hike through Whipp’s Ledges. We’ll look for spring wildflowers and their pollinators as we enjoy the bea...
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Woodland Wildflowers

April 22 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Woodland Wildflowers Join Naturalist Beth Whiteley for a relaxing walk through the woods in search of early blooming wildflowers. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m...
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Awesome Amphibians

April 22 at 1 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join us this afternoon to celebrate the Awesome Amphibians of Cleveland Metroparks! The whole family can enjoy live animal displays, amphibian pres...
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Animals of Ohio’s Past

April 22 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Animals of Ohio’s Past Mountain lions, wolves, and bears oh my! The settlement of Ohio marked a time of great change for wild beasts that once trav...
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Remains to be Seen

April 22 at 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Travel back in time to when the Berea Quarries were a booming business. Join Naturalists Sharon Hosko and Kathy Schmidt to search for the quarry re...
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Breakfast in the Park

April 23 at 9 - 11 a.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Enjoy an early morning stroll to Hinckley Lake. Upon our return, we'll be greeted by a hot, delicious breakfast prepared by our volunteers.  R...
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Hawkwatch

April 23 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Hawkwatch Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield as we scour the skies for migrating hawks, falcons and eagles that use the Lake Erie shoreline as a portal ...
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Your Piece of the Planet: Cleveland Seed Bank

April 23 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Your Piece of the Planet: Cleveland Seed Bank So much of what we eat starts as a humble seed in the ground. Cleveland Seed Bank will present on&nbs...
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Yoga and Hike

April 25 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Hike and pause at scenic locations with certified yoga instructor, Kim Scott Sowinski. This unique technique allows you to reduce chances for injur...
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Wildflowers at Worden's

April 25 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
The carvings at behind Worden’s Homestead are fascinating and the spring wildflowers make this area spectacular. Join Naturalist Kelly McGinnis for...
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Underground Railroad

April 26 at 7 - 8 P.M.
Rocky River Reservation
Underground Railroad Nature played an important role in the Underground Railroad. Learn how freedom seekers worked with the environment to survive ...
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Extreme Hiking

April 29 at 9 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
April showers bring, well…wet hikers! Let’s hit the trails in search of spring wildflowers. This hike is more walk than talk but we will certainly ...
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Adventure University Series Finale: Used Gear Swap +

April 29 at 9 a.m.
Join Cleveland Metroparks in collaboration with Baldwin Wallace students for the fourth and final installment of the Adventure University Seri...
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American Red Cross Lifeguard Review Course

April 29 at 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
This blended learning course is for Lifeguards who are currently certified in American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid, and or CPR/AED for the Pro...
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As Lovely as a Tree

April 29 at 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Celebrate Arbor Day by meeting some of our oldest and loveliest residents – our trees. Join Naturalist Kathy Schmidt to learn about them by followi...
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Wildflower Walk

April 29 at 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Join a naturalist to see the best in bloom this weekend. Spring wildflowers change daily and it’s always exciting to see what has just opened up al...
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Inter-Urban Railway History & Hike

April 30 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Inter-Urban Railways were once a major mode of transportation in Ohio. Join us on a short hike to learn about their importance and see remnants of ...
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Spring Wildflower Bus Tour

May 6 at 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Visit three of the best locations within Cleveland Metroparks to view spring wildflowers. We will walk on trails that bring us to lovely patches of...
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American Red Cross Pool/Waterfront Lifeguard Training

May 7 - 12 at Sunday noon - 5pm, Monday-Friday 4pm - 8pm
Hinckley Reservation
The Blended Learning American Red Cross Pool/Waterfront Lifeguarding course teaches participants the knowledge and skills to recognize and respond ...
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American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Training

May 11 at 4 - 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Park Operations in Fairview Park, Thursdays at Lakewood High School Pool
Rocky River Reservation
This course is to train instructor candidates to teach aquatics courses including, basic-level Lifeguarding, Waterfront Lifeguarding, Waterpark Lif...
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Monday MeetUp: What’s Up with Friends of Yellow Creek

May 15 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Meet Friends of Yellow Creek as they present the state of the Yellow Creek watershed including areas of concern, education and conservation efforts...
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Children's Fishing Derbies

May 20 at 9:00 am - noon (ages 4-8) 1-4pm (ages 9-15)
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Annual Children's Fishing Derbies - FREE! Saturday, May 20 at Wallace Lake, Mill Stream Run Reservation, Berea   AND Sunday, May 21 at Ohio &a...
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Garden Gala Event & Plant Sale

May 20 - 21
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. every day
Rocky River Reservation
Garden Gala Event & Plant Sale Shop through a top-notch selection of beautiful native plants, enjoy a fascinating, plant-focused program, and t...
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Children's Fishing Derbies

May 21 at 9:00 am - noon (ages 4-8) 1-4pm (ages 9-15)
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Annual Children's Fishing Derbies - FREE! Saturday, May 20 at Wallace Lake, Mill Stream Run Reservation, Berea   AND Sunday, May 21 at Ohio &a...
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American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding Skill Module

May 21 at noon - 6 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
This one day course is for individuals who currently possess an American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid certification and need to update their kn...
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American Red Cross Pool/Waterfront Lifeguard Training

May 22 - 26 at 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
The Blended Learning American Red Cross Pool/Waterfront Lifeguarding course teaches participants the knowledge and skills to recognize and respond ...
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American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding Skill Module

May 31 at 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
This one day course is for individuals who currently possess an American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid certification and need to update their kn...
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Healthy Planet, Healthy People 5K Run/Walk

June 3 at
8 a.m. - Registration
9 a.m. - 5k Run/Walk
Rocky River Reservation
Celebrate your health on National Trails Day, while supporting Cleveland Metroparks programs at Rocky River Nature Center, with this challenging 5K...
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Party at the Pond

June 4 at 1 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Celebrate the wonders and life around North Chagrin Nature Center. Check out birds through a spotting scope, explore what lives under the water, se...
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Monday MeetUp: What’s Up with Mill Creek Watershed Partnership

June 5 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Learn more about Mill Creek Watershed Partnership’s role in restoration work in the Mill Creek. Staff will speak about different restoration projec...
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American Red Cross Babysitter Training

June 9 at 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Participants 11 to 15 years old learn the skills and confidence to safely and responsibly care for children and infants. Through hands-on activitie...
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Stinchcomb Summer Concert Series

July 5 - 26
6 - 8 p.m. on Wednesday
Rocky River Reservation
Stinchcomb Summer Concert Series Cleveland Metroparks has grown tremendously over the past 100 years! Starting with 3.4 acres in Rocky River Reserv...
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Insects Galore

July 30 at 1 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Let’s celebrate the wonderful world of bugs! Meet cool critters from around the world, migrate to Mexico as a monarch butterfly, and see what insec...
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Monday MeetUp: What’s Up with Friends of Euclid Creek

August 7 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Learn what Friends of Euclid Creek are up to with a tour of wetland and stream restoration projects. Hear about historic stream use and how you can...
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Backyard Biodiversity Bash

August 26 at noon - 4 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Your backyard can be a lively place with a few wild additions to your yard and garden!  Learn how to improve your backyard habitat for wildlif...
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Nature at Night

September 16 at 5 - 10 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Most of the animal life that calls Northeast Ohio home awakes with the setting sun. Join us for this celebration of  Nature at Night. Meet liv...
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North Chagrin Photography Contest and Show Drop Off

September 17 - 24 at 9:30 - 5 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Amateur photographers are invited to enter their best photo celebrating the natural wonders of Northeast Ohio. Prizes will be awarded in several ca...
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Festival of Trees

September 23 at 1 - 4 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Pawpaws, persimmons, walnuts, oaks and even chestnuts! These trees have been a part of our nations cultural history for generations. Join us f...
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FallFest: 18th Century Festival

September 24 at 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Help celebrate the pioneers of the Western Reserve at Cleveland Metroparks annual FallFest: 18th Century Festival.  This fun, free, family-ori...
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Steelhead Expo

September 30 at 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Steelhead Expo Join fellow anglers for a day focused on this incredible sport fish. Learn to read the river and new fly casting techniques, check o...
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Hands On Heritage

October 7 at 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Hands On Heritage Visit Rocky River Nature Center and surrounding trails for a day of fun focused around traditional skills. Try your hand at the b...
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Historic Hudson Valley Bus Tour

October 13 - 15 at 8 a.m. Friday - 10 p.m. Sunday
    Registration Begins March 1                               ...
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Heritage Hobby Bus Tour: Rhinebeck

October 20 - 22 at Oct. 20-22, 2017
Many of the activities that were once considered necessary for survival have found a place in our modern lives as hobbies. Join us as we venture to...
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TEST - Novice Golf Learn n League - 200 Level

April 27 - June 1
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday
Washington Reservation
This 6-week adult program combines instruction and practice (about an hour) followed by playing 9 holes (usually) in a supervised league setting. E...
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